1959 Cuban Revolution
The Bay of Pigs
The Cuban Missile Crisis
President Kennedy addresses the nation, June 1963
President Kennedy is shot November 22, 1963
Nina Simone (1933-2003), singer and civil rights activist released “Mississippi Goddamn” in 1964. It was a response to the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that had taken place in Birmingham, Alabama. Four black children had been killed. It was banned in many southern states (supposedly for the Goddamn in the title). 1964 was turning point in the civil rights movement. Medgar Evers was a Mississippi Field Secretary for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples), and had been a frequent target of pro-segregationists. Their home was firebombed in 1962 and Evers was sassinated by a sniper in front of their home in 1964,
Malcolm X, More African than American, 1965
Lyndon Johnson, We Shall Overcome, 1965
Malcolm X is shot February 21, 1965
The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
A Day in the Life
Martin Luther King is shot and killed April 4, 1968
Les soixante-huitards — May 1968 Paris
October 2, 1968 – Mexico City
The Black Power Salute
Student protests break out worldwide. Here are declassified documents from the National Security Archive concerning the protests in Mexico and the Tlatelco massacre.
June 28, 1969: The Stonewall Riots in New York
They erupted spontaneously following a police raid of a popular gay (LGBT) bar.
Listen here to an oral history of the night.
Released just five days before the Apollo 11 launch, “Space Oddity” was one of David Bowie’s first major hits: